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03 Jan

Veggies Boost Brain Power

A new Harvard study highlights another reason why mother’s advice to “eat your veggies” is spot on for long-term health and, in particular, cognitive health. The study that started in 1986 and followed 27,842 men for 26 years was designed to highlight the impact of fruits and vegetables on...

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20 Dec

Music and the Brain

Music has healing power,” Elton John once said, and recent research confirms this. Although aging and cognitive decline are affected by a wide variety of factors, music may be one factor that enhances cognition. A new study looked at the impact musical practice has on neurocognitive aging.

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13 Dec

Better Cognitive Health in India?

Back in February of 2010, the BBC reported on Ballabgarh, a village in northern India that had an unusually low rate of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—lower than anywhere else in the world. University of Pittsburgh researchers had spent several years there, testing more than 5,000 subjects over the...

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06 Dec

A Sunny Workout is Best for Your Heart

Want to get fit? Check your vitamin D levels. Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) may well be linked to serum vitamin D levels. A study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (October 30, 2018), looked at data from nearly 2,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition...

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29 Nov

Deeper Dive into the Gut-Brain Connection

In an 1817 study on Parkinson’s disease (PD), James Parkinson noted that many of the patients with PD had gastrointestinal issues, and that up to 80% of these patients suffered from constipation. Even 200 years ago, we knew about the gut-brain connection. Currently, the literature demonstrates...

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15 Nov

Can Chocolate Help with Oxidative Stress?

Can eating chocolate or drinking wine, coffee or tea play a role in keeping us young? According to a team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Ivana Ivanovi-Burmazovi from the Chair of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), together with researchers from...

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08 Nov

Probiotics May Improve Metabolic Profiles

Most people generally associate probiotics with fostering the growth of good bacteria in the gut, however, more and more clinical studies are highlighting the role of probiotics beyond the gut. One randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind study looked at the effects of probiotic...

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01 Nov

Mineral-Rich Diet Beats Exercise for Bone Health

Exercise has always been highly recommended for maintaining bone mass and strength as we age, but there could be more to this story. A recent mouse study at the University of Michigan has demonstrated that a mineral-supplemented diet (high in calcium and phosphorous) had an even greater impact...

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26 Oct

Effects of Sleep Loss on Weight Gain

For a number of reasons, sleep loss has been associated with weight gain whether it’s because of an increase in appetite due to hormonal imbalances or craving sugar-laden products to stay awake. Few studies, however, have focused on underlying tissue-specific molecular responses to acute sleep...

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18 Oct

SNPs Involved in Manganese Deficiency

According to a new study, scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, may be linked to the body's inability to utilize manganese.  In this exome-wide association study of 457 severe adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) cases and 987 controls, they observed “a missense SNP in SLC39A8 (p.Ala391Thr,...

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